‘Concussion’ is not a true diagnosis

Smith, D. H. and Stewart, W. (2020) ‘Concussion’ is not a true diagnosis. Nature Reviews Neurology, 16(9), pp. 457-458. (doi: 10.1038/s41582-020-0382-y) (PMID:32647140)

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In current usage, ‘concussion’ describes a clinical presentation, but does not identify the underlying pathological process and therefore cannot be considered a true diagnosis. However, mounting evidence indicates diffuse axonal injury as a likely pathological substrate for concussion, thereby providing a framework to develop true diagnostic criteria.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors’ work is supported by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, NHS Research Scotland, and NIH grants NS38104, NS092389, NS056202, NS094003 and EB021293.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stewart, Dr William
Authors: Smith, D. H., and Stewart, W.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:Nature Reviews Neurology
Publisher:Nature Research
ISSN (Online):1759-4766
Published Online:09 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Springer Nature
First Published:First published in Nature Reviews Neurology 16(9):457–458
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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